There are many more positives
working with big blue chip clients
than there are negatives?
Big clients are not necessarily more creative but, they usually have the experience and the budgets to see an idea through and in terms of their financial contribution
to a business, it’s invaluable.
They are usually excellent payers too, but (not always)!
To become an approved supplier of a large company there are a mass of forms to fill and hoops to jump through and its only getting worse monthly – Anti-Slavery, CSR and Sustainability to name a few. Only negative if you’re the one filling out the forms!
They are all extremely important, so we should all pay great attention to them.
In fact, If every business played by the rules business would be much easier and fairer, but that’s some way off I think.
So what’s my point you’ll be asking if you got this far?
We get updates for all the policies we need to adhere to from a mixture of large clients and the one referenced came in just before Christmas around accepting gifts, hospitality or donations.
We don’t usually buy more than a Christmas card for our favourite clients, at best we might give them an rtfacts pad and pen but this Anti-bribery policy got our minds thinking.
How can we send something
and still make a great impression?
The attached was our attempt which was very well received by the recipient (redacted with any other data protected info) and passed around many a department as a great fun example. There was no attempt to play down the serious nature of Anti-bribery, just a ‘by the book’ interpretation around it, with a tad of humour.
If you’d like to get something for nothing from your budget give us a call.
The below is an extract from HMRC’s Anti-bribery advice just so you’re in the know.
It is illegal to offer, promise, give, request, agree, receive or accept bribes – an anti-bribery policy can help protect your business.
You should have an anti-bribery policy if there is a risk that someone who works for you or on your behalf might be exposed to bribery.
Your anti-bribery policy should be appropriate to the level of risk your business faces. Your policy should include:
your approach to reducing and controlling the risks of bribery
rules about accepting gifts, hospitality or donations
guidance on how to conduct your business, eg negotiating contracts
rules on avoiding or stopping conflicts of interest
Read the leaflet below for more information on how the bribery laws could affect your business.
Once you have an anti-bribery policy you should:
tell your staff and make sure they understand the policy
monitor and review your policy regularly